In what Konica Minolta is calling a paradigm shift in the Indian printing industry, the company has installed its first state-of-the-art UV inkjet press, the AccurioJet KM-1 at Dina Color Labs in Ellis Road in Chennai. The news comes to us on 14 May 2018, exactly a week after we visited the location and the engineers were still at work. The installation in Dina Color Labs in Chennai marks the first AccurioJet KM-1 installation in the entire Southeast Asia region.

Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution is a B2+ sheet-fed inkjet press. It is equipped with the company’s patented UV inkjet technology. It can print 3,000 sheets an hour in simplex mode and 1,500 sheets per hour in duplex mode. Moreover, it can print on a variety of substrates. It eliminates the need to use special digital stocks or expensive coatings or primers. The press can handle oversized B2 sheets of up to 585×750 mm. Piezo shear technology inkjet arrays fitted in pairs offer true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution.

The AccurioJet KM-1 can produce quality print on a wide range of substrates, with its consistency in paper feeding, registration, image quality, and repeatability through excellent front-to-back registration accuracy, enabled by a gripper-to-gripper offset paper movement technology. Its proprietary KM controller for the servers also enables excellent RIPping quality at par with the machine’s rated speed.

The KM-1 is also a solution for the print on demand for UV applications. Konica Minolta has also provided its Web to Print software cloud solution to Dina Colour lab to be available to its customers 24×7. It also functions as an additional communication channel for marketing and production.

First installation of an sheetfed inkjet press in India

The AccurioJet KM-1 meets the specific requirements of multiple commercial print and packaging applications. Additionally, it eliminates several prepress workflow steps and materials such as plates that can substantially reduce turnaround times and costs. The KM-1 has already achieved a good number of sales and installations around the world. It was shown running at IGAS 2015 and then again at drupa 2016 where it was launched for sale.

The first installation of an sheetfed inkjet press in the country is an important achievement for the company. Konica Minolta dominates the digital printing industry in India. Its toner based digital presses have been particularly successful for SMBs given its strong customer service in India to its huge and varied customer footprint. The Dina Group itself is a very strong and remarkable first customer. It has many kinds of creative, restoration, scanning, photographic and digital print services using a large array of technology from its approximately 40 customer-facing locations across the state of Tamil Nadu.

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.

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